Woman files lawsuit over Oceano Dunes death
February 26, 2015
The daughter of a Grover Beach man who was the victim of a fatal accident at the Oceano Dunes last year filed a lawsuit for wrongful death.
On Feb. 20, Kathryn Tatum filed the lawsuit in San Luis Obispo Superior Court against Dustin Van Phillips and his employer, Luv2Camp, for wrongful death. Tatum is seeking unspecified compensatory damages.
On the evening of Dec. 28, Grover Beach resident Bryon Tatum, 52, stopped his truck to take a flag down from his vehicle as he planned to leave the beach. A pickup truck then hit him from behind, fatally injuring him.
The truck that killed Tatum was driven by Dustin Van Phillips, an employee of trailer rental company Luv 2 Camp. Phillips had likely just completed a trailer delivery, according to the CHP.
State parks officials said there is no indication that speed or alcohol played a role in the crash. An investigation into the collision is ongoing.
The suit claims Van Phillips became distracted and looked down, then looked up before crashing into Tatum.